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Wild Girl

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,980 ratings  ·  270 reviews
A contemporary and irresistible story from Patricia Reilly Giff

Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she’s free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is 12—time to leave Brazil for New York.

Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie’s story unfolds, s
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books
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kazually ♡
amazing story in such a small amount of pages
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was hesitant to get this book. I dislike horse racing, and this is a book about the daughter of a racehorse trainer and a racehorse to-be. She wants to be a jockey. Her brother is a jockey. It takes place on a racing farm. They go to the races. Obviously, this book didn't really scream "take me!"

But I kept seeing good reviews. The book was cheap, and short, and minus the racing bit, the story really did sound interesting! So I gave it a shot. I'm so glad I did. The story is short and sweet, an
Christina Getrost
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Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a slow start but once you get into it is is good.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
It was a really good book it had a lot I could relate to even though I did not move like her but it was confusing at times and it got really boring at times
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lidie is a not-so-average girl. She has lived with Tio Paulo and Titia Lusia in Jales,Brazil. When Her mother died her father, the horseman, and brother Rafael moved to NYC without her when she was seven. In NYC the horseman could train racehorses. Ever since that day Lidie has hoped and dreamed that one day, some day the horseman and Rafael will come get her and take her to their home in New York. Finally Lidie is twelve and the day has come for her to pack up and move to the horseman and Rafae ...more
Paige Lent
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Name: Paige Lent
Date: 10/21/16
Assignment: Book plug

Book title: "Wild Girl"
Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Just imagine riding a horse. Feeling free and wild. This is exactly how 12 year old Lidie felt when she went to her father's house. The move was difficult for her. She moved from Brazil to New York. After Lidie's mother did when she was only seven, life has been difficult. After finally adjusting to her father's farm, Lidie began to ride his horses. Then, both Lidie and h
Kiara Lafromboise
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was interesting. This girl named Lidie lives in Jales, Brazil. She loves to ride horse all the time. But her dad moved to New York City with her brother Raefael. Her dad said that he would bring her to New York City until he gets enough money and buys a house which he does and paints her room Snow White and the seven dwurfs. But she was living with her aunt and uncle. She sad when she has to leave because she gonna miss her horse. But when she gets to New York City she get's to pick ou ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Okay, my rating is probably a little harsh, but it drives me nuts when writers choose characters from other countries and seemingly do no more research than look up a few foreign words and foods. Aside from that complaint, (or perhaps as a part of that) the main character seems through most of the book to be more bratty than wild, and the outcome is too pat. But hey, I'm not the target audience, and although I haven't anything against horses, stories about them wouldn't necessarily be more first ...more
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was really good. It reminds me of me trying to prove myself as not a little girl anymore to my family. It was also funny in some parts. This book is about a girl who moves from South America to New York to live with her dad. When she gets there her room is pink, she goes to school where no one speaks spanish, and she knows how to ride horses, but her brother and dad don't know that. She tries to prove to her brother and dad that she is not little anymore. If you want to see t ...more
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
this book is definetly for people @ a 3rd-6th grade reading level. this book show s the life of a girl that moves from brazil who faces the hardships of a new life ina america where you only know youre brother and father, and end up wetting your pant on the first day of sixth grade! but the book also tells about a horse and her journwey through life with an erge to run and run until you cant feel your legs moving underneath you.
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
one of my closest friends gave me this book as a gift and its really good.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horses, not-great
not too excting but real good
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I have always had this book, but never read it. I took it upon myself to start it one day when I was bored. Turns out, it's not that a bad book, but a little bit boring. Patricia Reilly Giff wrote "Wild Girl". It is about a girl, Lidie, who likes horses and goes live with her father in America, who runs a stable. When a horse arrives for Lidie's father to train, she starts to connect with the horse. I found it for more of an early teen or preteen book. I read it because it's horse themed. You wo ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was good. Especially because it was based on a girl who came from and different country. That struggled to fit in but still tried. Even if she wanted to give up. What she really loved helped her in the strange place.
I think the story was great. It needs a little more detail and information. It needs to be more specific so you know what they are talking about. Other then that the book was great. I liked this book because i didn't know how to talk english when i started school and this b
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The duel perspectives made this book great. I could feel all of Lidie's emotions. The way her father and brother had tried to prepare for her was heartwarming, but she had changed so much in the five years since they had left. The struggle that comes with being in a new place is felt by Lidie and the filly. I can feel it too as each chapter draws the emotions out of me. The way Lidie was able to tap into Wild Girl's needs was lovely. and I found the ending between Pai, Rafael, and Lidie to be pe ...more
Christine VanHalder
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved this book! I was a bit disappointed that it ended so abruptly. It surely had one more short wrap-up chapter. It felt like it needed more to end it. It just hung, left off. Not really an ending. But very enjoyable.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Listened to this YA novel with the Lovies. Another great horse story. Also a good reference point for what it would be like to enter a new country as a ‘tween. New language. New place to live. New unknowns and new authority figures. Lots to miss from home too. Good talking points for young readers.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well done, insightful and heartwarming story for young adults, and a pleasant, short read for horse loving adults. Offers good lessons on adapting to changes, and learning to communicate with family and those around you.
Mia Phlegar
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was not one of my favorites but it was about a girl living far away from her dad and brother but then goes to visit but they don't know the new her. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
A good story about a girl leaving her native country to join her brother and father in America. Some of my 4 th graders would love it.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool-co-op
I could tell this was an award-winning author by reading this book. There should have been more awards given to Wild Girl than she received. I recommend this book to everyone ages 11+.
A tween dealing with life, learning to deal with terrors and disappointments.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very sweet story about a young girl, a broken family and a horse. I would recommend to YA readers who may be struggling with fitting in to a new environment.
Mary E.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
poignant; realistic; horse lovers delight
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for young girls who love horses.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a short and sweet book,not the most exciting, but still good
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
A sweet story of fitting in and longing for family.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I had literally zero connection with this book, but I don't think that's a reflection on how well-written it is. I think I just didn't like it. ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for kids. I read it with my 9 year old daughter and she loved it!
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PATRICIA REILLY GIFF is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Friends and Amigos books, and the Polka Dot Private Eye books. Several of her novels for older readers have been chosen as ALA-ALSC Notable Books and ALA-YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. They include The Gift of the Pirate Queen; All the Way Home; Water Street; Nory Ryan ...more

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